Earlier today in Shanghai the public had the chance to see the weigh in for tomorrow's bouts.
Among those at the weigh in were Japanese Middleweight hopeful Ryota Murata (8-0, 5) [村田 諒太] and Argentinian rival Gaston Alejandro Vega (24-10-1-1, 10).
On the scales Vega 162lbs. That is lighter than he was in his two most recent losses, including a stoppage to Rohan Murdock, but heavier than he has been against the likes of Alex Theran, Patrick Nielsen, Javier Francisco Maciel and Jorge Sebastian Heiland, all of whom beat him. Whilst he is an experienced fighter he is also a major under-dog for the bout, priced at around 1/100.
Murata on the other hand was 160lbs the lightest he's been as a professional. The weight seems to be a firm attempt to prove he can make the Middleweight weight limit, which he has typically been 1-2 lbs over. The bout is supposed to help Murata gear towards a busy year, with a march training camp in the US planned ahead of three other bouts before the year is over, potentially the final of those bouts could be a world title bout, if Teiken and Top Rank are impressed by Murata's improvement through the year.
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